Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

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The debut novel everyone is talking about... 
"The last page is as satisfying as the first." --Kathryn Stockett 
"I really loved this book... I can't praise it enough."--Anne Rice 
"It's a book to read and reread, one that will only get better with time."--Tom Franklin 
"It was the summer everything changed...." 
"My Sunshine Away" unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson--free spirit, track star, and belle of the block--experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too. 
In "My Sunshine Away," M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.


I thought this book was so brilliant...filled with emotion...the kind that causes the readers heart to pound and to cause the reader to become emotionally invested.  The story is so wonderfully told that the reader is captivated, which is impressive considering the content of the story is heartbreaking. The narrator has a way of drawing the reader in and holding tight, mix that with the other elements of the book, it is a masterful hit!!!  5 stars





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